Empa - the place where innovation starts

Empa is the research institute for materials science and technology of the ETH Domain and conducts cutting-edge research for the benefit of industry and the well-being of society.

The Laboratory for Particles-Biology Interactions focuses on the characterization, understanding and steering of interactions between particulate materials and human cells and tissues. The Laboratory provides not only expertise in the interdisciplinary field of particle safety assessment but also concerning applications for industry, biomedicine as well as regulatory authorities.


We are offering a

Research fellow position: Development methodology and antiviral materials for protection systems

This research project is part of an Innosuisse financed large initiative developing an analytical platform for next generation high tech protection system anticipating the current needs in COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, development and assessment of antiviral coatings or materials attracted great interest. In this research project innovative, safe and cost effective method(s) to assess antiviral surfaces will be developed.

We are looking for a well-organized, highly self-motivated, excellent candidate interested in this interdisciplinary research topic. The candidate should hold a Bachelor or Master degree in either (biomedical) engineering, life science or a related field, with expert knowledge in developing and verifying novel methods and their application to novel designs of antiviral surfaces. Additional assets include experience in project management, good communication skills as well as team spirit.


We offer a highly interdisciplinary research environment with state of the art laboratory equipment to perform industrially relevant cutting-edge research. Our young and continuously growing team consists of experienced technicians, scientists, post docs as well as PhD and master students. We are active and successful in different areas of nanosafety as well as nanomedical research.


The position (100%) is available from August 2020 or after negotiation and will be initially limited to two years.

For further information about the position please contact Dr. Peter Wick, Head of Laboratory, peter.wick@empa.ch and visit our websites www.empa.ch/web/s403 and Empa-Video

We look forward to receiving your online application comprising a letter of motivation, a brief description of your research interests, your curriculum vitae including a complete list of publications, and two or more references with contact details. Please upload the requested documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered.

Empa, Esther Zürcher, Human Resources, Lerchenfeldstrasse 5, 9014 St. Gallen, Switzerland.